Bide Ona hostel is located in the Noble Village of Portugalete, city located at the mouth of the Nervion river, at the left side of the estuary, bordering with the towns of Santurtzi, Trapagarán, Sestao and Getxo, and just 20 munites from the center of Bilbao.
The weather is tipically biscaine, with smooth summers, long winters and nice autumm. The economy changed in the past years from clearly industrial to an each time more important services based economy, given the turistic and cultural potential of the Village.
The foundation whose Town Charcher was signed by Dona María, lost years later, was ratified in 1432, with the Privilege of Confirmation by John II of Castile, this document has arrived at our days. In both documents a series of benefits were granted to the people of Portugalete regarding the commerce and merchandise transport, mainly wool and iron, as well as on the fishing activity.
In the 19th century, the industrialization of the region energized its economy, reinforced by the arrival of the railroad and the construction of the Hanging Bridge (Puente Colgante) and the Iron Wharf (Muelle de Hierro). Its situation on the coast, joined to its beach and resort, turned it into the summer residence for the new bourgeoisie, building palaces at the edge of the estuary and on the coast. Throughout the 20th century Portugalete continued being a neuralgic center, commercial area and leisure centre for the left bank of the river.
Also it’s noted:
- Basilica of Saint Mary: Gothic and Renaissance temple built between XV and XVI centuries. The church was nominated lesser basilica in 1951. Since 1984 is Heritage of Cultural Interest with the rank of monument of historical / artistic heritage.
- Salazar Tower (siglo XIV).
- Convent of Saint Clare (1614).
- Lexarza Palace (1853).
- Town Hall (1883).
- Tide Gage (1883).
- Iron Wharf (1887).
- “La Canilla” Station (1888).
- El Saltillo Palace (1894).
- Monument to Victor Chavarri (1903).
- Doctor Areilza’s Park (1916).
- Museum of the Industry (Rialia) (2006).
- Old Town
- San Antonio’s festival
- “Virgen de la Guía” Festival
- San Cristóbal’s Festival
- International Folk festival and Santiago’s Festival
- San Roque’s Festival
- San Nicolás’ Festival
- Fiesta de la Exaltación de la Cruz
- Christmas Eve